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Classic Silent Film Program Honors Doughboys

Join us on November 5 for the final film in the Library's popular series Great Silents on the Silver Screen.  Filmed in 1925, "The Big Parade" is a classic of the silent era.  The story recounts the experiences of an American soldier in France during World War I. 

Considered the first realistic war drama and one of the most important films ever made, "The Big Parade" has spectacle, romance and comedy.  The beautiful and haunting score is by Carl Davis, played by The English Chamber Orchestra.

The film will be shown in the Library Center auditorium on Saturday, November 5 at 2:30 pm.  Admission is free and popcorn is provided.

The Library has many resources about World War I.  For a list of subjects, search in the catalog under the subject World War, 1914-1918.  You will find specifc subjects such as aerial operations, campaigns, biographies and fiction.

Books about the First World War found in the Library catalog include:

Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour : Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and its Violent Climax by Joseph E. Persico

The First World War : a Concise Global History by William Kelleher Storey

An Illustrated History of the First World War by John Keegan

The Greatest Day in History : How, On the Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, the First World War Finally Came to an End by Nicholas Best

World War I : Day by Day by Ian Westwell

DVDs of related interest:

The Great War. the Complete History of World War I

World War I : the Great War

WWI : The War to End All Wars









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